Alf Richards
Full names: Alfred Renfrew
Date of birth: 14 Dec 1867
Place of birth: Grahamstown, South Africa
School: Leys, Cambridge, UK
Debut test province: Western Province
Date of death: 9 Jan 1904 (Age 36)

Test summary: Tests: 3 Tries: 0
First Test: 30 Jul 1891 Age:23 Inside Centre against Britain at Crusaders (St George's Park), Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 5 Sep 1891 Age:23 Inside Centre against Britain at Newlands, Cape Town
Test history:
DateAgePositionOpponentResultScoreVenueProv
30 Jul 189123Inside CentreBritainLose: 0-4 Crusaders (St George's Park), Port ElizabethWP
29 Aug 189123HalfbackBritainLose: 0-3 Eclectic Cricket Ground, KimberleyWP
05 Sep 189123Inside Centre (C)BritainLose: 0-4 Newlands, Cape TownWP

Alf Richards by Doc Craven

"Alf", South Africa's third rugby captain, emulated "H.H." Castens feat in captaining South Africa at cricket. He led South Africa's cricketers in 1895/96 as an opening batsman and also scored a century against Natal when playing for Western Province.

Like Ben Duff, Marthinus Versfeld and "Chubb" Vigne, Alf played in all three tests against the touring 1891 British Isles, captaining South Africa in the third.

Alf, who was considerd the equal of any of the visitors, died in the Salisbury hospital on the 9th January, 1904 at the very early age of 36 years.